Bilingual Special Education
DID YOU KNOW?
English Proficient (LEP) students in ESL and English-only immersion
settings are more likely to be referred to special education once students
are no longer receiving language instruction support, and simultaneously
are exposed to more cognitively complex academic content. (Gaston Institute, 2008)
- Students of limited English
proficiency (LEP) who also have one or more disabilities are LEGALLY
REQUIRED to receive BOTH ELL and SPED services. (Gaston Institute, 2008)
- Children with disabilities can learn and use more than one language! (Santos, R. M., Cheatham, G. A., & Duran. L. (Eds.) (2012). Supporting Young Children who are Dual Language Learners with or at risk for Disabilities (Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No., 14)
An Imperative for Change
, Bridging Special and Language Education to Ensure a Free and Appropriate Education in the Least Restrictive Environment for ELLs with Disabilities in Massachusetts, Dr. Maria de Lourdes Serpa, 2011, Gaston Institute
Education Research Brief: Disproportionality: A Look at Special Education and Race in the Commonwealth, September 2008, MA DESE
NEW! Assessment** Principles and Guidelines for ELLs with
By Martha Thurlow, Kristin Liu, Jenna Ward,
Laurene Christensen, April 2013,
National Center on Educational Outcomes
** Refers to
large-scale assessments of English language proficiency and academic content
culturally and linguistically diverse students and
culturally and linguistically diverse students with
AccELLerate on Assessment
Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
Students, A Practical Guide, Robert L. Rhodes,
Salvador Hector Ochoa, and Samuel O. Ortiz,
2005, The Guildford Press
Colorin Colorado WEBCASTS
- English Language Learner with Disabilities
- Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan discusses the effective assessment and instruction strategies for ELLs.
- Assessment of ELLs
- Dr. Lorraine Valdez Pierce discusses the effective classrooms strategies for assessing English language learners
Feature Issue on Educating
K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities
Santos, R. M., Cheatham, G. A., & Duran. L. (Eds.)
(2012). Supporting Young Children who are
Dual Language Learners with or at risk for Disabilities (Young Exceptional
Children Monograph Series No., 14). Missoula, MT: The Division for Early
Childhood of the Council of Exceptional Children.
Struggling Learners and Language Immersion Education, Dr. Tara Fortune, CARLA, http://www.carla.umn.edu/resources.html
Methods for Teaching Culturally
and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners, John J. Hoover, Janette Klingner, Leonard M. Baca, and James M. Patton, 2008, Pearson Education Inc.
Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education, and
companion book Case Studies Of Minority Student Placement In Special
Education, Beth Harry and Janette Klingner, 2006, Teachers College Press
Language Development and Disorders, A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second
Language Learning, F. Genesee, J. Paradis, M. Crago, 2004, Paul Brookes Publishing
Questions Practitioners Are Asking
some cultures, special education is not dealt with as openly or
proactively as in the United States. What recommendations do you have
for counseling resistant parents into understanding how special
education services may be a viable option? Read more...
determining whether a student’s learning difficulties are caused by a
lack of language or by a disability, should educators wait a period of
time and if so, how long? Read more...
- When planning assessments, should assessments be conducted in the ELL’s native language? Read more...